unashamedly all about me.... Wendy
what I think.... what I feel.... my emotions... my gut feelings... what I eat... what I believe...what beliefs are changing... what I am doing....where I am going... what I am creating...recipes I love.... books I read.... poetry I write....things that rock my boat and interest me....and also the other way around...our conversation together...our learning together...our sharing together... WELCOME

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Reclaim Your Mind - Terence McKenna

I came across this the other day - I saved it - now I am sharing it - what do you think?

If you want to know what's in my head then this will do it. ....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A learning curve...

This is a picture of my vegetable garden as it was being built. Lots of plans for this small space.

This was taken the last week. It will be very full soom as there is a lot of seedlings in this garden.

I will have to really keep building the soil up. Make it strong and healthy to grow me some food....

Daisies. These are awesome cut flowers - long stems and last for days.

Lemons on the lemon tree. Black sooty mold as you can see as well.

Some Hands by Dave Gunning

Have a watch of this video clip and listen to the words of this really great song. We saw Dave live at the Woodford Folk Festival in December. He is from Canada. I purchased the childrens book and the cd.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


I have been busy doing nothing really. Well yesterday I went out and about and did some groceries and was very thankful to get home. The weather was wild with some extremely heavy rain. So today was a stay inside day again. I have started to sort through my craft/office. It is the last room to be organised and sorted out but I feel that this will be slowest because as I tidy I want to finish each project that I have set aside or started. I will post photos as I complete each thing. I am nearly finished another sign and a gift mug I am making for someone so I will post some pics of them tomorrow.

My vegetable garden is okay. I have lots of button squash on the plants but they have been affected with powdery mildew. The extreme heat and then the wet, wet weather. I thinned the leaves out and cut all of the affected foliage of the plants but they have now got it on the other leaves. I think the only thing to do is pull them out but I want to see if I can get the last of the crop of them. I have fertilised them but it is hard while it is raining so heavy. I have new plants coming up and I am hoping that the whole lot do not get this. I have read that I can make a milk solution and put on the leaves but that it needs to be organic milk. I will get some in town tomorrow and try that as soon as the rain stops long enough to spray them. Something must be right in that garden though because I have seen quite a few lady beetles.

(click on photo to zoom in a bit closer)
I am not sure what these grubs are called but the last time a few weeks ago that we were expecting rain Mick captured this photo of all of this wiggly grubs joined together and climbing down the tree and I think they buried themselves under ground.

Today we went for a walk down the back and saw these grubs on the ground under a tree. We have just had 66mm rain today and that was after about 125mm in the previous day and a half. We think these ones were washed out of the tree.

I made this sign today to put into our back garden.

Ahh and I made a birthday card and wrapped a present ready to give my brother in a few weeks time.

Cheers till' tomorrow,

Friday, February 15, 2013

A little effort and sooooo much pleasure......

Valentines Day - I went along with the "no buy" gifts for this day. I just wanted to show Mick that I was thinking about him. I am forever disappaointed when I eat out - Mick and I like my cooking. I planned a three course meal and decorations for the bedroom with a few cute little chocolates spread over the bed. The menu I planned was finished of with a dessert that I knew would be a hit with Mick. He loves chocolate and peanuts together. He came home from work with a lovely bottle of wine for me and we sat and watched the sun set and then had a leisurely meal together and listened to music and talked for ages.......

All the recipes have been added to the recipe pages at the side. I only do this if I really like something enough to consider making it again. Everything was perfect. We had a lovely evening together. Awesome company and great food. Great music and conversation.

Curried Parsnip Soup - mmmmm

Mushroom and Spinach Puff Pastries
Awesome salad with homemade yoghurt garlic dressing

Caramel and Vanilla Iceceam Sundae with homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce and sprinkled with crushed salted peanuts.  Oh my goodness......

Simple table setting - that runner down the middle is wrapping paper I had in the craft cupboard. I wrote a few saying on it for Mick to read. "Your heart has captured my soul", "You wrap me in your love" and "You inspire me to try"

Anyone that knows me knows that I love lady beetles - I found these cute little chocolates and used these along with some chocolate hearts to decorate the bed.

I made a heart banner and hung that up....

This was such a great salad and dressing.

I used some napkins that my Mum and Dad bought back from their trip to England. Not much point keeping things - may as well enjoy them and use them.... The heart lolly pop was from Mick to me....

We gave each other a card....

And on another note this is the produce I picked from the garden yesterday - think we will have beans and baby squash with our meal tonight. And another cucumber salad......

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Love in front seat.......

Yesterday I went into Tiaro to post some mail. When I parked and got out of the car I happened to look up into the cab of a truck pulling into the car park behind me. I noticed that the lady was sitting in the middle beside the man driving. It caught my attention because no one does that anymore - do they? When I saw her get out of the cab I saw that there was actually an empty seat beside the window and that she well and truly chose to sit beside her husband / partner while they drove. I thought it spoke volumes of love and friendship between two people. I can't do that in our car with Mick - there is no middle seat.

I am reading a book on Zen at the moment. "Everyday Zen: Love and Work" by Charlotte Joko Beck. I picked this book up so long ago from a second hand shop somewhere and it has sat on my shelf since then. I have not read a book for a while and then the other night I just stood in front of the bookshelf and this book called to me. So time to read it and see what is in there for me to learn.

I have been thinking today about what I read last night. One thing that has stuck with me is the notion that as I am meditating and I get thoughts coming through is to think "I am having a thought about.....". For example when the thought flits through my mind that the car needs new tyres or that such and such doesn't like me or that I wonder how I will pay this or that bill or find the time to do this or that chore, I actually label it as a thought and say to myself  "I am having a thought about such and such." I have only been doing this sparodically over the past few days and WOW is all I can say. The minute I acknowledge the thought and label it as a thought and not actual reality it just feels so different. I will talk more as I progress more through the book.

I have been progressing with trying a new recipe every day for the year. I have missed a day or two here and there but generally I have really expanded into trying new things but more than anything I really like finding recipes to use up and preserve what is currently available without using the freezer if possible. I will add them to the recipe pages on here. Spicy Mango Chutney is a great one and I have made this twice in the past week using up the excess mangoes available here at the moment.

I am picking cucumbers every day and each day for the next week I have set aside a new cucumber recipe/salad to make. I will share them as I go through them.


Basket of mangoes - it has been such a good season this year.
I was fortunate enough to be given a whole heap of gladioli bulbs. I have planted them out into the garden - all in one spot and hopefully I will be able to post some photos later in the year when they all come up and give me some gorgeous blooms to look at.

I was also fortunate enough to be given some Luffa seeds. I planted them all out and I am taking photos of my journey growing Luffas but a sneak peek above is the yellow flowers. I was sent these seeds by a lovely blogger along with a dried Luffa. I wrote all her details down and then over the past year have lost them. I so want to share these photos and my progress with you so if you are reading this and you were the person who kindly shared these seeds with me please make contact.

And an actual Luffa starting to get bigger - looks like a cucumber. I really have no idea what to do - just reading up on the net when I have a question but this is all trial and error and photos are a great diary.

We pulled all the pups of the AGAVE plants out the front garden. Give it a few months and all of this baby plants will be able to be planted out into the garden. There is a banana sucker in there as well.

A side view of my vegetable garden - it is going to be extended asap. I am picking cucumbers every day and button squash and have have beans coming on. I am really enjoying learning to garden and the thril of picking food I can eat that I have grown myself.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

You do not need to have met someone.......

‎'Strictly defined, self-sufficiency is a way of living in which no support or aid of any kind is required from outside sources...yet self-sufficiency as it is understood today today has a broader and more forgiving meaning. It is about becoming more independent and resourceful, about being able to do things for ourselves - not everything, but as much as we feel comfortable with. It is a means of taking responsibility for ourselves, doing things the way we want them done and determining the end result.' -  The Self-Sufficiency Bible by Simon Dawson.

This quote was posted on Grass Roots facebook page. The question put out there was -

What do you think? Do you agree that this is the modern self-sufficiency, a more flexible approach than, say, in the 1970s?

One of the comments left by a reader is below -
"I am all for self-reliance / sufficiency but the more I learn the more I realise it is communities that need to be self sufficient. It's not easy or even advantageous for each individual to try to totally look after their needs...but within a like community or group of neighbours / people then we really get traction"

My comment was then -
"And I will add that to get a community working together seems to be a very hard uphill battle in many cases.  I couldn't have worded it better than Amber above..."

I thought this was a very timely quote for me to read.  I am currently weighing up what to do about our Bauple Simple Living Group. It is still a very small group with very few regular members. It does not seem to have direction in the sense of aims, goals and agenda we wish to achieve as a group. I don't blame anyone else for this - just a learning curve really. So what to do? How do we make it useful in this community?  How do we use it to glue folks together in some way, to get some cohesiveness in this community of Bauple. I am really not sure but I do know that it is desperately needed. I will let you know how it goes. Let me know what you think?

I follow a blog called Lessons From The Monk I Married. You can find the link in the list to the side as well. I have been following this blog for well over a year  and something that has happened often is that when faced with a choice about my attitude I often think of Katherine. Her writing is uplifting and honest. Somehow she calms me and settles me without having even met me. I find this incredible. I truly thought about it the other day and realised that I don't always get to be around uplifting people in person each day but it is just like she is there sometimes. Do you have blogs that you follow that feel the same way to you? Below is a comment I left for her after she visited my blog and commented on one of my posts.

"Katherine - Thanks for passing by and reading. I am inspired by you so often and I have never met you - actually I haven't even read your book yet. I was thinking only yesterday how positive you are. You lift me up without even knowing me and I am sure you do this with so many others as well. More on this in my next blog post. Cheers, Wendy"

Another blog that I follow and have been for so very long is called Down To Earth and written by Rhonda. It is a very popular blog and it is the other blog that grounds me. I have never met Rhonda and as so many people comment I usually do not leave anything on there but it is truly inspirational. She writes about everday life. Real living. The simple things in life. How to hang out washing, fold cloths, make a loaf of bread and just how to simply be grateful and find enjoyment and satisfaction in your own home. It is brilliant.

Love this wall in a little coffee shop in Bunderberg. I forgot to write the name of it down but next time I go up there I will call in and see what they have written on their sign now and get the name of the place.

I really like this little notepad that my sister gave me for Christmas. I am using it to write daily in - it is recording things that I am doing differently. I am trying to make sure there is at least one thing a day written in there - some days there is more. Depends whether I spend more or less of my day focusing on the current moment - on living in the now. Because the more I do that the more I notice things and have some reaction time to change how I actually choose to react or deal with something I have noticed. Goodness me that was hard to put into words.

I have added a few new recipes to my SALAD page to the side. The most yummiest Orange Salad with Red Onion and Black Olives. mmmmmmmmmm
And also a Cucumber Salad - very boring name - not a boring salad dressing though.
I am making a salad every day at the moment with cucumbers because I am picking lovely fresh lebanese cucumbers every day. I am so enjoying this gardening thing...

Today is valentines day and I have prepared a lovely three course meal for my husband. Three brand new recipes. I will share tomorrow  with you.  I have made a bit of an effort this year and I plan on having a lovely romantic evening with my man.

This is our cat - Jimmy Beam - so cute and funny....

OKAY - So I Changed My Mind.....

I admit it - I miss my blog - I like writing on it - I like sharing

Today's post is a photo journal.

It's green at the moment
iradescent green.
I had to go into town today
and shop for food.
I didn't want to leave home.
Home is much more my style these days,
it's calmer and more peaceful,
than even a small country towns traffic.
I am happy to stay home now
not like when I was 18 or 26.
Now home is my sanctuary.
It is where I feel safe.
Sometimes it is so green,
other days are brown and dry,
but always - always it feels good to be home.
I took my time today
on my journey home
to look around and take notice
on my trip from town to home.
Below are some photos to share.
I so love coming home....

Leaving Maryborough ( which is our closest big country town to us) and heading towards Tiaro.

Passing the cane fields....

The little country cemetary in Tiaro.

Coming into Tiaro which is our local small country village. This is my local corner store and butcher and library and pub etc. It is about 15k's from my home.

The main highway cuts through the centre of Tiaro. You can see Bauple Mountain in the distance.

Heading out of Tiaro towards the bauple turnoff.

Of the highway and now driving along the road heading to my home.

I just love this entry into a property....I have wanted to take a photo for so long and now I have.

A big dam filled with water amongst the cane fields - we have recently had a lot of rain.

Views across the cane fields towards Bauple Mountain.

Driving past our local school. I wanted to take a better photo but the kids were all outside playing and I thought that might have upset the staff if I pulled up and took more photos.

Canefields to the distant State Forest.

Macadamia (Bauple Nut) tree. Part of a farm I pass on the way home.

Country Road.

Old farm house - another one I have wanted to photograph for quite some time.

Local honey for sale.

Vacant block around the corner from me. I think this is a gorgeous block of land.

Turning into my street.....

and HOME......